A damp and dismal day began to seep through the clouds as the small team of HMB Endeavour crew arrived at the ship this morning but the weather couldn’t diminish their excitement! The long awaited announcement of the ship embarking on a thirteen month voyage around Australia is about to take place!
A deck scrub is completed and the last few items from the previous days maintenance are squared away in preparation for the launch, however the rain forces proceedings inside the museum to the Tasman Light Gallery.
A flurry of activity in the main foyer and the chatter of photographer’s flashes announces the arrival of our special guest, the Hon. Peter Garrett, Minister for Environment Protection, Heritage and the Arts. After an introduction from Mary-Louise Williams, the Museum’s Director, the Minister spoke of the support provided to the Museum from the Federal Government for a new education centre and expressed his pleasure that the Museum welcomed some 500,000 visitors throughout last year, the highest number since opening in 1991.
Following the Minister’s words of encouragement and congratulations, a long time volunteer and previous voyage crew, Stephen Schmidt, was called upon to provide an insight into the experiences that can be had on board during a voyage. He has accompanied the ship as voyage crew on several different voyages in all sorts of weather conditions and helps the Endeavour crew with maintenance one day every week.
And now, with the shroud of secrecy finally lifted, all efforts are put into getting the word out about HMB Endeavour’s circumnavigation of Australia. It’s a huge undertaking, involving the help and wisdom of many people and will take the ship to 18 different ports around Australia and give the public a chance to sail onboard on one (or more) of 20 different voyage legs.
Set to depart in April 2011, the ship will head north around the top end and arrive in Fremantle for the ISAF (International Sailing Federation) Regatta at the beginning of December. She will continue around past the Great Australian Bight and around Tasmania to return to Sydney during May 2012.
For more information on the voyage plan and booking a berth please visit www.endeavourvoyages.com.au
We look forward to seeing you somewhere around Australia!
— Kat Lindsay, Endeavour Crew